Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has introduced a patented polyethylene reclosable TE cap for yogurt and cultured dairy products. Using Autoprod's heat-form closing technology traditionally used for milk cartons, the cap uses a mechanical external ring with a pull tab for 8-oz dairy containers.
In a process it calls "Precycling," McKernan Packaging Clearing House (Reno, NV) obtains surplus components from discontinued or redesigned product lines that would otherwise be headed for landfills and sells them for less than what it would cost them to produce the materials themselves.
For insulation manufacturer Litepac, shrink wrapping stacks of polystyrene insulation was a costly process-both in money and in material waste. The Granard, County Longford, Ireland-based company's change to a System 2000 Double Stretch Bander from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) not only provided savings but ended the potential problem of board distortion caused by heat from shrink wrapping.
Fast changeover and overall versatility were foremost in mind when Pepsi designed its high-speed line for hard-to-handle one-piece PET bottles in four different sizes. Machine redundancy, computerization, and modular construction all contribute significantly.